Arrest in crash that killed Wade Hampton HS student

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Greer Police say they have arrested a man accused of driving a stolen car involved in a crash that killed a Wade Hampton High School senior.

Joshua Daniel Burgess, 17, of Greenville was killed in a three-car crash in front of the North Hampton Market in Taylors on December 6.

THE SUSPECT

Daniel Lee Pease, the man accused of driving the stolen car involved in the crash, is charged with Possession of a stolen vehicle value $10,000 or more and Possession of Firearm or Ammunition by person convicted of violent felony, according to Greer Police.

Police say more charges are expected to be made.

Pease had a bond hearing at 4 p.m. Friday in Greer City Court, where his bond was denied. 

Joshua Burgess’ father spoke during the hearing of his deceased son.

“My wife and I just wanted to let the court know, and you, Mr. Pease, that our son was an amazing guy,” he said. “He had an effect on hundreds, if not thousands, of people. He was the epitome of the love from Jesus Christ. He never knew an enemy and he made an impact on everyone he met.”

“Someone told us earlier this week that he did 17 years what most won’t do in a lifetime. He was a senior at Wade Hampton High School. He played football. He was extremely active in our church. He was planning on going to North Greenville University and becoming a coach.”

“And now, my wife and I and our daughter and our family, and our friends, have a hole in our heart because of the choices that were made last Wednesday night and those choices ripple out to thousands of people,” Burgess’ father said. “By the grace of God, we will get through this. And Mr. Pease, I want you to know that we have prayed for you that you will come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior, but there are consequences to your actions.”

Lt. Patrick Fortenberry said “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burgess family and the Brooks family.”

THE CRASH

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office said the crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 on Wade Hampton Boulevard in front of the North Hampton Market shopping plaza.

Greer Police Department officials said a preliminary investigation revealed that a 2016 Toyota Corolla was heading towards Greenville and stopped at a traffic light on Highway 29.

According to police, a 2016 Honda Accord that witnesses said was speeding, was also heading towards Greenville on Highway 29 and rear-ended the Toyota, causing the Toyota to roll onto its side.

The Honda veered off towards the median where it hit a 1998 Honda that was trying to turn left onto Highway 29 from the Target parking lot.

Police said one of the people inside the Toyota Corolla died at the scene.

Two other people in the Corolla were taken by EMS to Greenville Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Honda Accord was taken to the emergency room with serious injuries.

The coroner’s office said Burgess died at the scene of the crash from his injuries.

An investigation revealed that the 2016 Honda Accord was reported stolen to Greer Police.

The police department’s traffic team and the detectives with the criminal investigation division are continuing to investigate the crash.

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